The Collaborative Teachers Tuition Waiver encourages Massachusetts's public school teachers to become mentors to full-time student teachers from State colleges and universities. The program is designed to support the professional development of public school teachers in the Commonwealth. Under the agreement, the mentoring teacher receives a waiver for up to one graduate-level course for each student teacher he/she mentors. The waiver can be used for courses in education or related to the teacher's major field offered by State colleges and the University of Massachusetts.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a Collaborative Teachers Tuition Waiver, a student must:
- Agree to mentor a student teacher from a State college or university in their classroom.
- Be a public school teacher in the year he/she is using the award.
- Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
- Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Not be in default of a Federal or State loan or owe a refund on any previously received financial aid.
- File a current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The nine Massachusetts State Colleges and the four campuses of the University of Massachusetts.
Collaborative Teachers shall be eligible for a tuition waiver for up to one state-supported graduate-level course for each student teacher mentored with a maximum of one student teacher mentored per semester. Collaborative Teachers can request waivers for up to two years after the completion of the mentoring relationship for which eligibility is based. Individual student awards shall be no more than the resident graduate tuition rate at the participating institution.
How Do I Apply?
Contact the financial aid office at the institution you are attending or plan to attend for application requirements or deadlines. You can also call the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information.